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(1 Thessalonians 4:17-18, NLT) Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. Then we will be with the LORD forever. So encourage each other with these words.
WHERE ARE YOU HEADED?
(Philippians 3:13b-14, NKJV) …Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of GOD in Christ Jesus.
- To make progress I have to have EFFORT
- To make progress I’ve got to have EFFORT and DIRECTION
LIVING WITHOUT DISTRACTIONS
(Hebrews 12:1-2a, NKJV) Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…
- Not everything that DISTRACTS is a sin, but that doesn’t mean it’s HELPING me
- If I know where I’m headed, it’s easier to PREPARE for the trip
(Acts 3:19-20, NLT) “Repent of your sins and turn to GOD, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the LORD, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah.”
4 ways to prepare to be Caught Away:
- WATER BAPTISM
(Revelation 22:17, NLT) The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.
Follow the PATH that Jesus provided for me to receive ETERNAL LIFE